Erdman Anthony was part of the engineering team for a new passenger rail
station, boarding facilities, track improvement, and multi-level parking garage
in Rensselaer, NY. The 67,000-square-foot, four-story facility is the
ninth-busiest Amtrak station in the nation, serving more than 750,000 passengers
each year. The structure features glass walls and ceilings, providing an
open-air milieu to a concourse consisting of a post office, ticket counter,
baggage claim, restaurant, shops, and general emporium.
energy and maintaining low operational costs were key design elements for this
intermodal transportation center. Erdman Anthony's design allowed the building
to take advantage of natural solar daylight to minimize energy used on
artificial lighting while reducing the cooling load in the concourse areas. Our
team placed special emphasis on HVAC system selection and integration, including
the employment of variable air volume systems to meet the facility's heating and
cooling needs while minimizing energy consumption during times of low building
occupancy. Other energy efficiency measures included high-intensity discharge
lamps, advanced solar daylight harvesting with automated dimming controls,
premium-efficiency motors, variable speed drives on pumps and fans, and
high-performance reflective glazing systems. These measures exceeded New York
State Energy Code requirements by 20 percent, resulting in estimated annual
energy cost savings of $23,700, annual energy use savings of 350,000 kWh, and
peak-demand reduction of 65 kW.
The new station replaced an aging,
utilitarian structure and provides New York's Capital District with a showpiece
of rail transportation efficiency.
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